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An Important Safety Nugget

By Wyatt Earp | January 21, 2010

I realize that a lot of you are not from the Philadelphia area, so this is an important safety tip for those outside the city limits. The 35th District in north Philadelphia has lost three officers in the line of duty within the last three years. Obviously, they are very concerned with their personal safety.

That being said, it is probably not the best idea to point a gun at any police officer, yet alone one from the 35th. Otherwise, you may end up with a serious case of lead poisoning. Here endeth the lesson.

A man was shot and critically wounded by Philadelphia police in Olney last night after he aimed a gun at officers during a chase, authorities said. The incident began about 7:30 p.m., when a 35th District officer stopped two men on Grange Avenue near Front Street.

The cop believed that the men fit the description of two robbers who struck in the area on Tuesday, police said. One of the men pulled out a handgun, prompting the officer to fire once, said police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore.

Mistake #1.

The suspect darted down nearby Hope Street, where he aimed his weapon at a sergeant and an officer who had been called to the scene for backup, Vanore said. All three cops opened fire; the man was wounded twice in the neck and once in the ankle.

Mistake #2.

I know all of the officers involved, and they are all good cops. Thankfully, none of the were injured, and hopefully, the suspect had some common sense shot into him.

Topics: Philly, The Job | 22 Comments »

22 Responses to “An Important Safety Nugget”

  1. the Duck Says:
    January 21st, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    It’s not ever a good idea to point anything at a police officer

  2. kaveman Says:
    January 21st, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Not sure if ya get The Bob & Tom Show down in Philly, but one of their guests has some advice for how to deal with the police.


  3. piperfromtn Says:
    January 21st, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Did good, common sense come in the form of Speer Gold Dot?

  4. Watuschskie Says:
    January 21st, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Point a gun, or anything that looks like a gun at a cop and you have the right to be silent and assume room temperature!

  5. Rob in Katy Says:
    January 21st, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    which racist shot him in the ankle and will he have to go to remedial shooting school?
    personally, i have never been able to figure out why we feel the need for cops to play by “Marquess of Queensberry” (really glade I looked that spelling up) rules while the bad guy can do anything to get away.
    1) if he runs, you can attempted to shoot him in the leg, if you miss, oh well!
    2) if he doesn’t understand “stop”, he shouldn’t be stealing jobs in the USA, shoot away.
    3) don’t bring stupid to a Taser or Gun fight.
    4) you can beat the rap, but you can’t beat the ride – Tony B.

    Hey Wyatt, can you clean up my mess under the “Hot Korean Chic” comments?

  6. RT Says:
    January 21st, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Can’t fix stupid. He’ll be a hero in jail. Scumbag.

  7. doubleplusundead Says:
    January 21st, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Philly scum have no qualms about opening up on police, Philly police unfortunately have to keep that in the back of their minds when they’re working.

  8. TexasFred Says:
    January 21st, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    A man was shot and critically wounded…

    Should read: Idiot was shot DEAD at the scene, Chief says the initial investigation clears the officers as they were acting in self defense…

    God I could NOT work for ANY department that carried 9mm’s or had a serious issue with shooting, and KILLING the bad guys!

    Glad your officers are OK…

  9. tjbbpgobIII Says:
    January 22nd, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Cop fired one round and hit something really ONE ROUND

  10. Ingineer66 Says:
    January 22nd, 2010 at 1:15 am

    I would not even point my finger at a cop, but then again I would probably not be running from them either. We had a young bank robber in a town near here point a pellet gun pistol at the responding police. He did not make it. The main public relations problem was that the police fired 47 shots and only 4 hit the perp.

  11. piperfromtn Says:
    January 22nd, 2010 at 7:53 am

    I suppose I asked my question poorly. Do you guys use Speer Gold Dot in Philly?

  12. Wyatt Earp Says:
    January 22nd, 2010 at 9:18 am

    The Duck – No, not really.

    Kaveman – Awesome!

    Piper – Your one-stop source of attitude adjustment.

    Watsuchskie – Better judged by 12 than carried by 6.

    Rob – We almost have to play by those rules because our current commissioner would fire you just to look at you. Even for doing your job.

    RT – That’s okay. Better than being a hero on the streets.

    DPU – I always did, and had my holster unsnapped at almost every job when I was in patrol.

    TexasFred – The city approved the use of .45-cal Glocks last year, but are making the officers purchase them. Some have gladly paid, but many have not.

    tjbbpgobIII – Yup.

    Ingineer66 – Many times that’s the case because a lot of officers don’t plink in their spare time. No practice, no accuracy.

    Piper – We don’t, but I knew what you meant.

  13. TexasFred Says:
    January 22nd, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Well, I carry a .45, my son carries a .45, many on his Dept carry .45’s… Texas DPS used to but recently switched to the .357 SIG, the vote is still out on that move…

    Point being, even the venerable .45 is only as good as the authorized ammo.. 230gr BALL will knock em down, 230 SXT’s, Gold Dots, Golden Sabers and Hydra Shoks will kill em grave yard DEAD!

    The Glock thing… Well, I would give one to a friend and you can’t chase me long enough, hard enough or fast enough to GIVE me one!

    The only Glock I ever owned damn near got me killed on an Op many years ago, long story, and Glocks have had a tendency o do a kB on occasion, with FACTORY ammo, not necessarily poorly loaded home brew…

    God protect your officers, ALL officers…

  14. TexasFred Says:
    January 22nd, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Correction: I wouldn’t, WOULD NOT give a Glock to a friend…

  15. piperfromtn Says:
    January 22nd, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    TexasFred: .45 ACP is great medicine. What do you guys carry?
    What was the issue with the Glock on your op?

  16. TexasFred Says:
    January 22nd, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I carry a Springfield XD-45 Tactical… 13+1 and 4 spare mags..

    I do NOT intend on getting killed because I didn’t have enough ammo or a crap gun..

    I am loaded with 230gr Remington Golden Sabers, they are quite effective but I am thinking that Ranger SXT’s may be even better, will switch next time I buy ammo…

    Glock will tell you that this is a lie but on occasion they build a bigger piece of crap than normal, and they have a tendency to *stove pipe* an empty… The one I had did it all the time..

    Saw the same thing happen to one on the range, a Glock Master Armorer, he was making all kinds of excuses…

  17. Rob in Katy Says:
    January 22nd, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    texasfred, what part of texas?

  18. Ingineer66 Says:
    January 22nd, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Out here almost everyone uses the .40 cal.

  19. piperfromtn Says:
    January 23rd, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Texasfred: I’ve heard XD’s are great. I’ve never had an issue with stovepiping. But, malfunctions happen.
    Here’s a link on Glock(G21) torture test

  20. piperfromtn Says:
    January 23rd, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Sorry, guys:

  21. TexasFred Says:
    January 23rd, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Piper, sorry, the Glock test means NOTHING to me, it’s an advertisement and they can make it say anything they want to… I have 1st hand, in the3 1st person experience with a Glock that had an inherent stove pipe problem and had it not been for my S&W Chiefs Special, I would likely be dead today… I never pay a bit of attention to the gun company ads, I talk to guys that carry them, and I can turn you on to a range master and a butt load of Deputies that saw a Glock lock up, time after time, in the hands of a PROFESSIONAL Glock shooter…

    Rob in Katy.. Rowlett, N.E. of Dallas… On the lake and loving it!

  22. TexasFred Says:
    January 23rd, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Ingineer, I like a .40, makes a great backup gun in the XD-40 Sub Compact configuration…

    185gr +P Ranger SXT’s make it a great piece for concealed carry, and it WILL get the job done… Our local PD carries Glock 40’s and several of the officers have seen and used my XD-45 Tactical and to a man, they ALL say it’s more comfortable in their hand, a better fit, better ergonomics if you will…